Athens, Greece is at a crossroads between Asia and Europe. Greece is a stepping stone for many hoping to find asylum in western Europe. Still, tens of thousands of refugees are stuck in Greece and find themselves living in extreme uncertainty.
Alongside the physical needs like food and shelter, refugees in Athens face many psychosocial challenges. They often experience feelings of hopelessness and disconnection - lacking a sense of place and belonging. Their past experiences of trauma combined with high stress and protracted uncertainty put high burdens on mental health and wellbeing. Lack of livelihood opportunities put them in dependence on government and NGO help, but this is often difficult to access and involves a maze of offices and bureaucracy. Integration and even simply interaction with the Greek community is often lacking.
We are passionate about seeing the lives of refugees transformed through the ways of Jesus, walking alongside them on their journey. We work towards community transformation by creating space for relationships, discipleship and empowerment.
We seek to listen, respond and support the needs and initiatives of the community, building on the collective experience, strengths and resources of the whole community - refugees, Greeks, and NGOs (such as Helping Hands, Hellenic Ministries and Faros)
Physical needs: Without provision of physical needs, it’s not feasible to make progress in other areas. Therefore, part of our work involves addressing medical, food and housing needs
Trauma Care : Trauma affects a person’s mental, relational, spiritual and physical health. When psychosocial needs are not met people can be overwhelmed by shame, isolation, and hopelessness, preventing them from functioning and participating well in community. With our partners we seek to provide:
Trauma Awareness and Training
Safe Community Spaces
Trauma Care Groups
Discipleship and Faith-Based Groups
Individual Mentoring and Discipleship
Small Groups and Bible study
Empowerment through Interests and Skills Development
Art and Media classes
Culture and Leadership training
Community and Relationship Building Activities
Home Visits, Tea and Meal Gatherings
Cultural Events and Day Trips